William Noel: Revealing the Lost Codex of Archimedes

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Curator and rare book scholar William Noel believes museums should make their collections free and available on the internet. In this fascinating TED Talk, Noel shares the intriguing story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes. He goes on to highlight flaws in logic within our current method of preserving data and proposes a far more rational, modern and user-friendly alternative for data preservation…

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